Poultry prices are rising (Photo: Walla! system, Shutterstock)
Do you want to serve a dish of chicken legs in plums for the holiday table, put a marinated chicken on the barbecue for Independence Day or just make schnitzels for the kids?
Chicken prices have soared by tens of percent in the last two months and before Passover they reach a new and unbelievable peak.
You will pay NIS 75 for a kilo of pullets, when in January the price was NIS 60, a total increase of 25%.
And the pullets are not alone.
A kilo of chicken schnitzel cost 42 shekels in January and as of today its price is 55 shekels, a 30% increase in price.
You will also pay an exorbitant price for chicken in the oven, or just fresh soup for your Kindle.
A kilo of koreim, which cost 32 shekels in January, climbed to 40 shekels, an increase of 25% in total.
The exclusive report in Walla on the shortage of poultry and eggs in preparation for Passover
As first reported in "Walla", at the end of February officials in the Ministry of Agriculture warned that, due to the ministry's failed organization for the holiday, chicken will become more expensive before Passover.
Since there is no import of chicken, there is no way to stop the sharp price increase.
The same sources also said that the price of eggs is expected to increase, since in the last year the poultry disease with salmonella increased, many laying eggs were destroyed to protect public health, which resulted in a reduction in the amount of laying eggs.
The increased poultry disease broke out, among other things, due to problematic rearing conditions, outdated, crowded and unhygienic coops, which the previous Minister of Agriculture, Oded Forer, tried to change through the reform of the laying industry - in vain.
Because of the damage to the number of laying eggs, the import of chicks to Israel was considered, an unusual move, which was not carried out in the end and could have alleviated the shortage.
This is in addition to the fact that the centralized chicken market is controlled by three large groups, which control the breeding chain, marketing and supply of the mixtures, so there is no competition that can lower the price.
Kereim with artichokes for Passover.
Start saving now (photo: Walla! system, Einav Hakon)
The disease from which the birds suffer: lack of competition
Market officials told Walla that the explanation given in the industry for the price increases, which supposedly stem from poultry diseases, is nonsense that repeats itself every year.
"Poultry regularly contract diseases before Pesach and Ramadan. Soon they will tell us about a shortage due to a problem with slaughter days and the price will jump even more. It is in their interest that the price go up and the public, who has no other alternative, is held captive by the companies that control the industry and the prices."
The Ministry of Agriculture stated in response
: "The Ministry of Agriculture is preparing for the holiday with the goal that all citizens of Israel will arrive for the holiday with the amount of poultry they need. There is no shortage of poultry in coops intended for marketing before the holiday, and there is even a constant increase in the marketing of broiler chicks compared to previous years. Similarly, in the run-up to Passover, there is an increase in the number The chicks that are housed and marketed during the holiday compared to the corresponding period last year.
"Regarding poultry prices, the Ministry of Agriculture clarifies that the trend of price increases is consistent with the world, including the changes in the exchange rate in the recent period. At the same time, this is a free market, and therefore there is free competition in the industry."
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